“All the more reason to add a card,” she declared. “I always write myself a card when I buy myself flowers.”
When I asked what she wrote, she replied, “Well, it depends on the day. Sometimes it’s: ‘Thanks for being you.’ Other times it’s: ‘Wow! You’re smart and gorgeous, too!’”
We shared a chuckle. I left with the flowers and a card in hand.
It was a simple reminder of an important lesson. The florist knows how to fill her own wellspring of appreciation. With her own spirits freshly topped up, she’s in a much better position to share her goodwill with others.
Do you take yourself for granted too often? I do. If we don’t show ourselves some positive attention from time to time, who will? Most of us don’t have our loving mothers following us around moment by moment, applauding our courage, cheering our sense of adventure, or delighting in our presence. This is true in our work and personal lives. And if it’s true for us, it’s true for others as well.
What would life be like if you extended a bit more appreciation in your own direction more often? What would it be like if you encouraged others to do the same?
What would you write on your card today?
Quotes Of The Week: Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. – Veronica A. Shoffstall
The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. – Sonya Friedman
Summer Reading Bookshelf: It looks like a very manageable read, as well it should with a title like Ease. I’m looking forward to dipping into Eileen Chadnick’s book: Ease – Manage Overwhelm In Times of ‘Crazy Busy’.
Readers Write: SF writes: I have a ‘feeling good’ list posted on my fridge, especially for down days. It lists things that pick up my spirits such as take a bubble bath and curl up with a good book in front of fireplace. When I notice my spirits are low, I pick something from my list. It helps!
GB writes: I was completely snowed under with work and papers due for classes. What did I do? I signed up for flamenco dancing classes—two and a half hours a night! Amazingly, it made it easier to do everything because I was doing something fun, creative, and energetic.